The surgical management of atrial fibrillation

James L. Cox, Thoralf M. Sundt

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Atrial fibrillation is the most common dysrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. For some patients, satisfactory rate control is not possible by pharmacologic means. This led us to develop a surgical approach to its cure, which in turn has led to a deeper understanding of the electrophysiologic basis of atrial fibrillation and to the development of a surgical procedure that is highly effective in restoring sinus rhythm with an acceptable mortality acid morbidity. We review these findings as well as the clinical results obtained with the Maze procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-523
Number of pages13
JournalAnnual review of medicine
StatePublished - 1997


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial transport function
  • Reentrant circuits
  • Surgery
  • Thromboembolism


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